Vestibular Rehabilitation

REP Physio is pleased to offer Vestibular Rehabilitation at our Summerside location with our vestibular physiotherapist Kristine Fairbanks

Dizziness and vertigo are among the most common symptoms that send people to see their physician. Many vertigo and dizziness symptoms come from a dysfunction of the vestibular organ, which is a small but important structure in your inner ear. The vestibular organ is critical for balance, coordination, and movement and when it’s impaired, patients can experience spinning (vertigo), dizziness, nausea, imbalance, problems with vision, and light-headedness, anxiety, among other debilitating symptoms.

Are you suffering from dizziness or a balance disorder?

You may have a vestibular issue if you are experiencing

  • Spinning
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Imbalance
  • problems with vision
  • light-headedness

These symptoms may be felt with:

  • rolling in bed
  • bending over
  • looking up or down
  • moving from sitting to laying

At REP Physio, Kristine will complete a comprehensive assessment and implement effective treatment strategies to help relieve these symptoms.

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?

Vestibular rehabilitation involves a subjective and physical assessment with a series of manual and functional tests to categorize the type of dizziness you’re experiencing. The therapist will observe symptoms such as irregular eye movement, issues with balance, poor visual tracking and subjective complaints of dizziness that may be linked to impaired vestibular function. Based on the results of the assessment, a treatment plan will be created.

Vestibular Rehabilitation can involve:

  • education
  • manual therapy
  • head manoeuvres
  • patient-specific exercise program (habituation, adaptation, and visual exercises)
  • balance and coordination retraining

Potential results from Vestibular Rehabilitation

  • partial or complete relief from vertigo and dizziness
  • improvement in balance and coordination
  • decrease risk of falls or clumsiness
  • decrease involuntary eye movements
  • improvement of sensory integration (vision and vestibular systems)

What can be treated by Vestibular Rehabilitation?

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Unilateral Vestibular Hypofunction (Vestibular Neuritis, Labyrinthitis, Acoustic Neuroma, Vascular Compromise, Trauma)
  • Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction (Ototoxicity, Bilateral Endolymphatic Hydrops, Age related degeneration)
  • Central Vestibular Dysfunctions
  • Post Head Trauma/ Concussion
  • Migraine Related Dizziness
  • Cervicogenic Dizziness

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have more questions about vestibular rehabilitation. 

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